The Abundance of Now

“Whatever we are waiting for -peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance- it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”  ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

This time of year it seems like all we do is wait.  Wait for Halloween, wait for Thanksgiving, wait for Christmas music on the radio, wait in line, wait for family, wait for Christmas, wait for the New Year and the list goes on.  Many of us aren’t very good at waiting either, we are constantly wanting the next thing.

This quote from Sarah and the concept of waiting shows us two very important things: first, we aren’t present in the moment.  If we’re busy wanting the next thing, we clearly aren’t enjoying what we have.  When we’re in this perspective, we’re also not able to help others as well or live life to its fullest potential.

Second, we will only get what we want when we’re ready and open to it.  This means we must be grateful for what we have, not scared or worried, but calm, peaceful, taking actions and being thankful for the abundance of things we do have.

If you don’t think you have an abundance of things, take a look around.  If you don’t have money, maybe you have an abundance of food.  If you don’t have either of those, maybe you have an abundance of friends.  And if you still don’t have those things, you certainly have an abundance of time that you can put to good use sharing peace, contentment, grace and the abundance of your time with those in need.

This Thanksgiving, take a break from rushing around to make the food perfect, and take time to appreciate what you do have.  Take a deep breath, sit for a moment and meditate on all you have and are blessed with.  Express your thanks to God, the universe and creation for blessing you with all you have.  And then, do your best to stay in the mindset of peace, contentment and grace for the rest of the day.

What are you thankful for in this moment, not yesterday, not in the future, but right now? (share below)

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